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Description of Claude Monet's painting “Impression, Sunrise”

Description of Claude Monet's painting “Impression, Sunrise”


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The painting “Impression, the sunrise of Claude Monet, was painted by him in the morning, during the artist’s stay in Le Havre, the city of his childhood. The painting depicts the morning sunrise in the port, a kind of symbol of the industrial revolution of the 19th century.

According to some art historians, Monet's painting “Sunrise, Impression” depicts a port that can be seen from the windows of the Admiralteyskaya hotel in Le Havre.

Monet's painting has a rich history. At first, critics did not want to accept her, considering the picture mediocre. But all the same, the picture was popular with the public, it fell into the hands of private owners, was resold at a ridiculous price.

In the foreground of the picture is a sea in blue-green tones, two silhouettes of fishing boats are highlighted. The greasy highlighted dark brush strokes and the unexpressed silhouettes of the departing boats give a clear sense of the depths of the sea. All colors used in the painting “Impression, sunrise” are dull, muted. The only bright spot on the entire canvas is the clear-orange disk of the sun rising over the French town, also blurring in the reflection of turbulent sea water.

In the background, in gray-blue fog, silhouettes of sailing ships, cranes at the pier and chimneys are barely noticeable. Smoke from chimneys indicates a northeast wind.

If you look closely, then the sun here is not a bright spot. Art historians and scientists at Harvard University using a photometer, it was determined that the degree of brightness of the depicted sun and a piece of clear sky surrounding it are on the same level. Features of the human retina perceive the orange color of the sun as the brightest spot in the picture.

The pale orange rays of the sun mixed with dirty gray smoke practically do not give the picture clarity. In this area, it is not sunlight that reigns, but a shroud of industrial smoke is hinted by the artist.





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